Hosting Plans Explanation
Hosting is a service that hosting firms offer so that you can put your web site on the Internet.
How can people discover your web site?
When you set up a website and you wish other persons to see it, you will need to copy (or upload) it to a web server. If you attempt to make the website reachable on the Internet by hosting it on your own personal computer, there is no way for you to keep it constantly up and running, which is why website hosting services came into being.
How does hosting work?
Web hosting distributors offer you disk storage space for your website on their powerful computers (hosting servers) and guarantee uninterrupted website availability. When somebody writes your web site address (e.g. www.my-best-domain.com) in their browser's address bar, they will be connected to the web hosting server where they can take a gaze at the content of your website.
Types of hosting
With the progress of web technologies, several types of web hosting services have come into existence to fulfill the various requirements of website owners, among them shared website hosting services, VPS web server hosting services and dedicated web server hosting services.
Shared website hosting
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Unlimited websites hosted
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Shared website hosting is the most commonly used form of hosting, and is also the easiest to start with. It is a service where one web hosting server is shared among plenty of shared hosting account owners who are restricted by the CPU, bandwidth and content storage space quotas that they have been apportioned. This type of website hosting is generally less expensive - you don't need to purchase the whole server upfront, as it is divided between multiple customers, and the web hosting vendor can afford to provide much more affordable prices. It is also easier to use - the hosting server is pre-installed with all the required software and the web hosting distributor takes care of all server maintenance procedures and software updates for you.
The weakness of the shared website hosting solution is that you share the server's system resources with other users and if one web site becomes really popular it may influence (and slow down) all the other web sites on that web server, but the majority of web hosting distributors, including us at Servers Cloud, have protection platforms at work that prevent that from occurring.
A description of a hosting service
Since shared website hosting is the most common type of web hosting, the majority of hosting firms and hosting customers simply refer to it as hosting or website hosting. As there is an enormous rivalry on the web hosting marketplace, most web hosting suppliers strive to offer cheap prices and bonuses with their services. We, for instance, provide different website hosting plans and two billing options - monthly and annual, based on your funds. If you choose the annual invoicing cycle, you will receive a present - one free domain registration.
VPS is an abbreviation of Virtual Private Server. The VPS hosting solution is essentially the middle ground between the shared web hosting solution and the dedicated server web hosting solution. If your web site grows beyond the resources offered by your shared website hosting plan, a VPS server hosting package is a good choice. private virtual web server hosting account holders still share the hardware resources of the physical server with other private virtual server hosting account holders, but the server is split up using a special virtualization technology so that each partition has its own dedicated system resources and can be configured practically like an actual dedicated hosting server. The advantage is that the CPU and the RAM memory on a private virtual hosting server are not shared. Furthermore, the virtualization technology offers you much more autonomy to configure your VPS, but it also presupposes a higher level of technical expertise.
With the Dedicated Server solution, the client gets an entire server and can utilize all its system resources. The dedicated server hosting solution is the most reliable of all hosting solutions and offers tons of customization options - the dedicated server web hosting clients can pick the hardware and software specs that will meet their demands. Dedicated system resources and guaranteed performance are among the reasons why a dedicated server web hosting plan is an excellent option for a heavy resource-swallowing corporate website, for instance - you will not share the dedicated hosting server's resources with anyone else and will get full root-level access. You will exercise complete control over the physical server, which will allow you to make any configuration modifications that you might require. The disadvantage of the dedicated web server hosting solution is that a higher level of technical proficiency is required - unless you employ an Information Technology pro, it will be your duty to manage and configure the physical machine. The dedicated server hosting solution also costs much more, because the cost of the server isn't shared among any other users.
A web hosting tip for beginners
If you are just starting to develop your web site and are seeking a website hosting solution to begin with, the shared web hosting solution persists to be the smartest choice. If your web site outgrows your website hosting account's resources, you can usually upgrade. With us, for instance, this is very easy and requires no migration of your website files, because only the features of your website hosting account change. You can also upgrade your hosting plan to a more powerful one at any particular time without having to worry about the remaining time before expiration. Furthermore, if you eventually reach the most advanced shared website hosting plan and still require more system resources (which is a good thing sometimes - it signifies that your website's popularity has expanded!), there always is the possibility to switch to a private virtual web server or a dedicated web server hosting platform without the need to switch hosting service providers.